25th Operational Weather Squadron
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|25th Operational Weather Squadron|
25th Operational Weather Squadron Patch
|Branch||Air Force Weather Agency|
|Part of||United States Air Force/Air Force Weather Agency|
|Garrison/HQ||Davis-Monthan Air Force Base|
|Motto(s)||The Hunter's Edge|
The 25th Operational Weather Squadron (25 OWS), based out of Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, is the Squadron responsible for the Western United States; the current states in the Area of Responsibility (AoR) are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The 25th Operational Weather Squadron is responsible for producing and disseminating mission planning and execution weather analyses, forecasts, and briefings for Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Guard, Reserve, USSTRATCOM, and USNORTHCOM forces operating at 68 installations/sites in an 11 state region of the Western United States.
This weather squadron is responsible for base or post forecasting, developing weather products, briefing transient aircrews, and weather warnings for all of their geographical units. Using automatic observing systems located at all military installations and communicating with their combat weather flights, the squadron is able to 'watch' the weather in their entire area of responsibility from one central location.
The Operational Weather Squadron is the first place a newly schooled weather apprentice will report. At the squadron, working alongside a seasoned weather professional, the forecaster is trained in all aspects of Air Force meteorology, from pilot briefing to tactical forecasting.
The weather squadron works closely with the combat weather flights they support to ensure a flawless exchange of weather information.
Personnel and resources
25th Operational Weather Squadron’s manning consists of active duty, reserve, civilian and contract personnel and is located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ., Under the 1st Weather Group, Offutt Air Force Base, NE.
Activations and Inactivations of the 25th Weather Squadron, and 25th Operational Weather Squadrons:
- Constituted 25th Weather Squadron on October 28, 1943
- Activated on November 1, 1943
- Disbanded on September 7, 1944
- Reconstituted on May 18, 1948
- Activated on June 1, 1948
- Inactivated on June 30, 1972
- Activated on January 1, 1975
- Inactivated on September 30, 1991
- Redesignated 25th Operational Weather Squadron on February 5, 1999
- Activated on April 1, 1999.
List of duty assignments and parent units from 1945 to present:
- Patterson Field, Ohio, Army Air Forces Weather Wing, November 1, 1943 – November 4, 1944
- Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, Army Air Forces Weather Wing, November 4 – September 7, 1944
- Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, 104th Weather Group (later, 2104th Air Weather Group), June 1, 1948 – October 24, 1950
- Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, 2059th Air Weather Wing, October 24, 1950 – September 10, 1951
- Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, 2059th Air Weather Wing, September 10, 1951 – September 16, 1951
- Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, 2102nd Air Weather Group, September 16, 1951 – April 20, 1952
- Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, 2nd Weather Group, April 20, 1952 – September 18, 1957
- Waco, Texas, 2nd Weather Group, September 18, 1957 – October 8, 1965
- Waco, Texas, 5th Weather Wing, October 8, 1965 – May 23, 1968
- Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, 5th Weather Wing, May 23, 1968 – June 30, 1972
- Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, 5th Weather Wing, January 1, 1975 – September 30, 1991
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, 612th Air Operations Group, April 1, 1999 – July 6, 2006
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, 1st Weather Group, July 6, 2006 – Present
Approved on February 26, 1944
The weather warrior symbolizes, simultaneously, the friendly aspect of weather when properly understood and used, as well as its destructive potentialities when it is not understood or heeded.
The Army Air Forces constituted the 25th Weather Squadron on October 28, 1943. The squadron activated at Patterson Field, Ohio, and was assigned to the Army Air Forces Weather Wing four days later. The 25th moved to Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, on November 4, 1943, and was disbanded on September 7, 1944.
The U.S. Air Force reconstituted the 25th Weather Squadron on May 18, 1948, and activated it at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The squadron was assigned to the 104th Weather Group, later the 2104th Air Weather Group on June 1, 1948. It was reassigned to the 2059th Air Weather Wing on October 24, 1950.
The 25th moved to Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, on September 10, 1951. The squadron was assigned to the 2102nd Air Weather Group on September 16, 1951. The 25th was reassigned to the 2nd Weather Group on April 20, 1952.
In 1953 in addition to operating the Troop Carrier Weather Center at Donaldson Air Force Base, the 25th was designated to test and develop doctrine for the provision of weather service for airborne forces and determine the requirements of and procedures for providing their service in cold weather operations. To validate its cold weather concepts the squadron participated in joint training activities such as Exercise SNOW STORM in upstate New York during the winter of 1953.
The 25th moved to Waco, Texas, and began its association with the Twelfth Air Force on September 18, 1957. In addition to providing meteorological services to Twelfth Air Force bases, the 25th supported U.S. Strike Command exercises, contingencies, and special missions. The squadron was assigned to the 5th Weather Wing when the wing was activated on October 8, 1965.
Air Weather Service inactivated the 25th Weather Squadron on 30 June 1972 as an Air Force budgetary reduction caused Air Weather Service to reduce squadron overhead. A Staff Weather Officer cell was established in its place to support Twelfth Air Force. This was short-lived as Air Weather Service again activated the squadron at Bergstrom Air Force Base and again assigned it to the 5th Weather Wing on January 1, 1975. In June 1975 Lt Col George E. Chapman, who was later promoted to brigadier general and served as commander of Air Weather Service from 1982 to 1988, took command of the 25th. In addition to numerous annual exercises, the 25th supported contingencies such as Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989.
The 25th was inactivated on 30 September 1991, as part of the divestiture of Air Weather Service. The squadron was redesignated the 25th Operational Weather Squadron on February 5, 1999, and activated at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on 1 April 1999. It was assigned to the 612th Air Operations Group, renewing its association with Twelfth Air Force, which moved it headquarters to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in 1993.